News digest 15 August 2014

News digest 15 August 2014

15 August 2014

There are a mixture of headlines on the front pages, in the main most of the tabloids run with the allegations against Cliff Richard after police searched the singer’s home yesterday, while most of the broadsheets focus on the A-level results with the Guardian at least defying the usual snap of 18 years old girls jumping for joy instead showing a slew of teachers doing the same thing. There is some positive coverage over the A-level results, with ex-education secretary Michael Gove praised in the Times and the Indie saying poorer teenagers are ignoring worries over debt and going to university. There has been an increase in maths and science passes but the overall pass rate has dropped and the Guardian cautions that it is early days in the Gove reforms. The question is what awaits them after university?

The other major story is the eurozone shuddering to a halt with GDP flatlining and fears of a prolonged period of deflation, that may bode bad for the UK recovery. The Sun focuses on the issue of pay in the UK with a detailed outline of how pay is failing to match the rise in GDP, interestingly it notes that the UK has added 423,000 jobs that pay above average earnings, but that is contrasted with 646,000 jobs that pay below average earnings. The Express also notes that two thirds of Britain’s workers are now working past their retirement date, and the Guardian outlines how the working poor are forced to spend half their income on housing. It’s left to Jeremy Warner in the Telegraph to outline that wage rises will be back, but on the evidence so far there is no real chance of Britain getting a pay rise. Even the Sun has a solution, and it is not just reducing immigration (the Mail notes there are now one million eastern European workers in the UK) but stricter regulation, arguing that the minimum wage could be raised. That could be neatly summed up in the following line: Britain needs more jobs, homes, health and hope, and talking of health it is now just one day to go to the People’s March for the NHS, a 300 mile trek from Jarrow to London to help save our NHS and reverse the rising tide of marketization and privatisation, the front page of the Indie and the Guardian highlight how compensation for a private provider’s botched operations will have to be paid out of NHS funds, if ever there was a time to fight for the NHS it is now, find out more from:

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

            ·         'Cruel May left my Asberger's brother to rot' (p1)

            ·         Tube cleaners' 'stinking' work conditions exposed (p2)

            ·         Upheaval for prisons as privateer A4E walks away from contract (p3)

            ·         Research reveals rail passengers' trust at rock bottom (p3)

            ·         Danny Alexander: Lib Dems will slash taxes if elected (p4)

            ·         50 campaigners begin People's March for the NHS (p4)

            ·         Swelling numbers 'risk safety' at youth offenders institute (p5)

            ·         Private rents on the rise again (p5)

        The left’s loss of eloquence – Nick Matthews (p9)

Daily Mirror

Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Cliff accused (p1-3)
  • How pay is failing to match the recovery (p6)
  • A-Level girls jump for joy again (p31)
  • EU economy on life support (p57)
  • New bid for Balfour (p57) 



Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Exams end class divide (p1/8-9)
  • Britain poised to arm Kurdish forces (p1)
  • Legal fight on fracking under homes (p18)
  • East European workforce tops 1 million (p20)
  • Eurozone heads for triple dip (p37/44-45)
  • Carillion merger could mean jobs cuts (p39)
  • Asda has edge (p42) 



·         UK prepares to supply arms directly to Kurdish forces fighting Isis (p1)
·         Arming the Kurds may help break up Iraq – but the alternatives are worse (p2)
·         Russian military vehicles enter Ukraine as aid convoy stops short of border (p3)
·         £40k Margaret Thatcher portrait sparks Tory party donation query (p4)
·         NHS faces legal bill as dozens suffer problems after private eye operations (p4)
·         A-level results: pass rate drops but record numbers win university places (p6)
·         It is still early days for the effects of Michael Gove's changes (p6)
·         Cancer patients dying early because of postcode lottery (p8)
·         Protesters occupy field near Cuadrilla’s proposed fracking site in Blackpool (p8)
·         Internet infrastructure 'needs updating or more blackouts will happen' (p12)
·         Working poor forced to spend half their income on housing (p13)
·         Hundreds of police officers fail new fitness tests (p16)
·         Uber taxi service banned in Berlin on safety grounds (p24)
·         Eurozone can learn from George Osborne and Bank of England stimulus (p29)
·         France calls on ECB to act as eurozone growth grinds to a halt (p29)
·         Union calls for Co-op branches to oust Amazon lockers (p30)
·         Carillion renews bid for £3bn merger with Balfour Beatty (p30)
·         Asda boss warns of two speed UK recovery (p32)
·         Barclays paper reveals extent of legal battles worldwide (p32)
·         Out of office, out of mind – free yourself from inbox tyranny on holiday – Steven Poole (p34) 


FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Eurozone recovery shudders to a halt (p1)
  • ‘Housing pinched’ on the rise (p2)
  • Industry sees mixed blessings for A-level (p3)
  • Isis: Armed and dangerous (p7)
  • Despite gloomy numbers the economic still has bounce – Martin Sandbu (p9)
  • Carillion steps up[ pursuit of Balfour (p13)
  • Berlin bans Uber app (p13)
  • Banks and the ringfence fine print (p15)

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